Ryan Johnson teaches biology and environmental biology in the Upper School and eighth grade earth science in the Middle School. “Whether we like it or not, biology functions with us every day of our lives,” he says. “I love drawing connections between students’ own experiences and those of the microscope world: bacteria, viruses, and protists. It’s also important to see the big picture, and understand our ecological footprint and how we impact the land and water we live in.”
In addition to teaching, he coaches cross-country and track and field, advises the climbing club, leads Winterim groups, and volunteers with the school’s Chapel Home project.
Johnson enjoys running, baking scones, snowboarding, backpacking, and writing. He once rode his mountain bike from New Mexico to Maine. In two and half months he covered more 3,000 miles, mostly on back roads and dirt roads. In 2007 he spent the summer swimming back and forth between an island off of the southern Oregon coast, assisting a graduate student in her research on the Leach’s Storm Petrel. “The petrel is a burrowing, nocturnal sea bird,” he explains. “It was awesome!”